lthough headed for a low, but not the usual “record low” year of ice loss, NASA has now been able to assemble the available evidence and state definitively that our tiny, blue planet is in the final stages of losing the northern arctic ice cap completely. A video released on Space.com this morning shows Dr. Thomas Wagner of NASA HQ, Washington, DC discussion various aspects of the NASA’s ARISE mission and the means by which the supporting data was acquired.
The report is of serious concern, of course. But I find it pretty remarkable just how incredibly fast the artic ice cap has, first, disintegrated and then virtually melted away. The only good news in the piece was that the shrinkage this year isn’t a record low….but that doesn’t mean the overall trend (being year-over-year record loss) has terminally halted. My guess would be that it could be an indicator things might have started to slow down slightly — but it’s too little, too late as far as the arctic ice cap is concerned.
Next, I suspect we’ll be hearing about he subarctic cap disappearing completely. And…I now wonder if any of it will be left by 2020!
This smacks of “common sense” approaches to the problems endemic to a “right to be forgotten” going totally unheard. Did lawyers really have to be the ones settling this issue? Perhaps this is a good referendum question in local elections coming up over the next few years in nations globally. God forbid we should leave something like this entirely up to the courts to decide.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
A Canadian court took the unprecedented step this week of declaring global jurisdiction over Google(s goog) and forcing it to delete search results not just for “google.ca” but for “google.com” as well. The move comes as lawmakers in Europe pressure Google to censor more pages under a controversial “right-to-be-forgotten” law, and could accelerate a recent trend of disappearing online information.
In the Canadian case, Google had urged a judge in Vancouver to suspend an earlier ruling that required it to remove any search links related to an e-commerce vendor accused of selling knock-off internet equipment. That ruling, which came out in June and gave Google 14 days to remove the results, is now in force after the judge concluded that applying the worldwide ruling would not create “irreparable harm.”
The ruling already appears to be rippling beyond Canada’s borders. For instance, when I searched in the U.S. for a product called “GW-1000,” Google shows that it has censored at least four webpages:
The “we have removed results” notice…
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hey’re saying this could be the final budget delivered by Canada’s Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty. And CBC News is reporting that we should be looking for 6 key items to appear in this years’ budget.
But I’m reflecting on the budgets of years gone by under the Conservative government and where it’s left Canada in the past decade. My comment on the story makes it clear what Flaherty’s real legacy will be:
James in Kanata @mcshane: Bottom line, the average Canadian’s wealth has increased by 25% wince NAFTA.
Bull and I will speak for the American people as well…Employers that did relocate to Mexico from the U.S. and Canada have now begun moving to even lower-wage areas such as China and Vietnam. NAFTA was supposed to “grow the economy,” all it did was increasingly benefit a smaller and smaller segment of society.
@mcshane Well that doesn’t mean it didn’t grow the economy. ;) It just means that the economy grew and served to simply widen the gap between rich and poor (i.e. profit went into the pockets of the top 5% of income earners instead of seeing every Canadian benefit). And maybe that was inevitable too; but I’d like this budget to spend more attention on managing that widening gap I mentioned between rich and poor — because this country is plenty rich enough for everyone to feel the benefit of our good fortune a lot more!
ime Magazine couldn’t have chosen better, IMHO, for person of the year for 2013. The pontiffs that have ascended the clergy to fulfill the tradition of being humanity’s direct channel to #God seem to have all been good men in my lifetime. But Francis seems to stand out as one who can really bring God into the lives of the masses in a meaningful way and for a goodly number doing so with an air of humility and service that few of his fellow clergy (whatever their faith) seem able to match. I was particularly impressed this year with his affinity for personal poverty and welcoming homosexuals into the Church he represents in a public way (and seemingly absent the theological distractions that have at least appeared to bar his predecessors from doing in like kind – and therein bringing into question their true discipleship of #Christ, in my view).
hether it was covering up the expenditures of its Senate appointees, hurting Canada’s standing in the international community with mid-east policy (being America’s “yes” man), glossing over cases of dirty campaigning (being found guilty of causing election irregularities through committing election fraud), to record-setting spending on personal attacks of opposition leaders, bankrupting environmental activists with legal fees over legitimate public concerns, or imposing a tyrannical regime of anti-drug paranoia in response to a legitimate, medically-prescribed treatment of mental illness, or (late, this past week) telling a reporter it was neither “the [Government of Canada]’s job” nor “[his] job to feed [his] neighbour’s child.”
Is it just me or is it starting to look like maybe — in the eyes of our nation’s leaders — that nothing is really their job until it comes time to pay themselves and their buddies with bottomless expense accounts and other rewards that prop-up their morally bankrupt ideology?
These dickheads make the spectre of Marie Antoinette look like the sugar plumb fairy!
Yes, it’s been quite a year and one I’m not likely to forget anytime soon. My only hope is that October 2015 rolls around, my fellow citizens don’t suffer another lapse in memory and stick this truly undesirable element back into power when the time comes. Though I’m not what you’d call a traditional supporter of rightist politics, I’ve never in my life been so filled with dread and deep-seated resentment about a Canadian political party. It actually feels like the Republicans crossed north across the 49th and picked up where George W. Bush left off.
On his apology…were it just he and were it just this one thing, I could readily accept it. But Moore is a part of a club that demands a #MooreChristmas doctrine – and, fundamentally, a heart that’s three sizes too small. Nothing short of resignations to accompany apology will do now. Would that it were a world wherein such Christmas miracles happen…
r perhaps “The Pork Strikes Back” would be a better title. But whatever you call it, what self-(dis)respecting parody to Star Wars could you have without a sequel even more hilarious than the one before it? In that spirit, here’s hoping the following brings a bit of Christmas cheer thanks to folks at Rovio:
n celebration of the Christmas shopping season, might I share with you fine folks something I found especially entertaining this year under the heading of “game software” for the Android, iPhone and PC (which still seems to have some of the gaming audience despite devices taking over everything last year): Angry Birds.
Reminds one of the forthcoming epic movies finishing off the 9-movie Star Wars saga, now projected to open in last 2015. But next year promises to be another blockbuster for the Star Wars franchise leading up to this next watershed event (simply titled “Episode VII” at the moment. Stay tuned for more info about all that and more here!